September 28, 2017, Anchorage, AK – Just a few months ago, most people passing Hostetler Park wouldn’t even notice the dark, little Downtown corner park, shaded by trees and tall buildings. Now after hours of volunteer dedication and passion, Hostetler Park has transformed into a welcoming greenspace, home to a redesigned Victims for Justice Memorial. On Friday at noon, Mayor Berkowitz will celebrate the park’s re-opening to thank each of the volunteers who made the project come to fruition.
Anchorage Rotary Club, the project champions, engaged over 20 volunteer contractors to help redesign and transform Hostetler Park and the Victims for Justice Memorial. The new space includes an ADA-compliant walkway, striking new memorial pillars, increased lighting, and natural landscaping. Bright and open, the new park ambiance welcomes Downtown locals, employees, and visitors to explore and enjoy their lunch in a peaceful greenspace.
Anchorage Park Foundation granted a $10,000 Challenge Grant to the Anchorage Rotary Club this Spring. The club matched the grant more than dollar for dollar with volunteer labor, materials, and cash contributions needed to complete the $200,000 budget. They rallied committed volunteers with a pro-bono design from Peter Briggs (Corvus Design) and deconstruction and construction managed by Neeser Construction.
Anchorage Park Foundation, with support from Rasmuson Foundation, awards Challenge Grants every two years to individuals and groups to complete community-driven park and trail improvement projects. They encourage stewardship and partnership to make positive changes in Anchorage. Recipients of the grant must match the funds with private donations, in-kind services, or volunteer hours.
Hostetler Park Grand Re-Opening
Friday, September 29, 12:00 PM
335 L St., Anchorage (where 3rd Ave becomes L St.)